University of Malawi
Kamija is a Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Malawi in Malawi and directs the Training & Research Unit of Excellence (TRUE), an international research organization, which he established in 2009, with several field sites in southern Malawi.
His research interests are in the control of malaria and anemia in children and pregnant women. His work has involved understanding the effect of infection on the measurement of iron status in children living in a malaria endemic area. He has previously conducted a number of studies; investigating etiology and long-term outcomes of children with severe anemia in Malawi; the effect of iron supplementation in HIV infected children and also the optimum timing for iron supplementation in anemic children post-malaria infection. He is currently leading a multicenter research consortium (across Malawi, Kenya & Uganda) on the efficacy of intermittent preventive antimalarial therapy in the post-discharge management of children with severe anaemia. More recently he is assessing malaria chemoprevention in sickle cell anemia and also establishing a multidisciplinary network to develop a research agenda on anemia in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kamija Phiri is a recipient for several awards, including the 2012 Merle A. Sandee Health Leadership award in Africa. He sits on the Malawi National Malaria Advisory Board which advises Ministry of Health on all matters related to malaria control. He is a member of several international organizations including USAID HEmoglobin MEasurement (HEME) working group, WHO Technical and Evidence Review Groups, UK Research Council, DFID and Wellcome Trust research review groups.
He has a medical degree from the University of Malawi, master’s in epidemiology degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and a PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool in the UK.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST